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I am a panelist this year. Also, once again solarbird the music supervillain will have her own tech crew for the music track helmed by skydancer and tanuki_green and occasionally me. So, fun!

But, of course, Norwescon is big! Where will I be? Subject to change, of course, but here's the basic list:

Invisible Disabilities Thursday 4:00pm-5:00pm Cascade 8
Not every disability is apparent at a glance, nor is anyone's personal health anyone else's business. From mental illness to chronic disease to a variety of syndromes and impairments too lengthy to list, we'll discuss the difficulties of living with chronic health conditions, the stigmas associated, what progress has (or hasn't) been made in reforming public perception, and strategies on getting other people to mind their own blasted business.
Maida 'Mac' Cain, Jen K, Julie Baroh, Susan R. Matthews

5:30pm: Move sound gear from my room in the tower to Evergreen rooms. If you want to help, let me know ahead of time and I will text you the room number when I know it.

Thursday night concerts!
But I won't be there the whole time due to my 9pm panel! tanuki_green will be there!
8pm: Rai Kamishiro in Evergreen 3 & 4
9pm: Electric Children in Evergreen 3 & 4
10pm: Johnny Nero Action Hero in Evergreen 3 & 4

Size Acceptance Is For Everybody Thursday 9:00pm-10:00pm Cascade 8
In one corner is the medical establishment and popular media with their obsession with thinness at any cost. In the other corner is the size-acceptance movement and its grass-roots rebellion against the diet industry. We'll discuss the works of fat-positive authors, the origins of the BMI table, the definition of an epidemic, and why it isn't any more polite to tell a small person to eat a sandwich than it is to tell a large person they'd be so attractive if only they lost a few pounds.
Jen K, Maida 'Mac' Cain

Polyamory 101 Friday Noon-1:00pm Evergreen 1&2
What is polyamory? Why would anyone want more than one partner? How does everyone interact so everyone's needs are met and no one gets hurt? How do more conservative family members react to these plural relationships? Should you, shouldn't you? What are the pros and cons?
Sean Hagle, Jen K, Lilith von Fraumench

Music tech crew Concerts Friday 2pm-midnight
I am blocking off 2pm-midnight due to setup/teardown etc. Concerts start at 3pm in Grand 3 and move to Evergreen rooms for the evening.
3pm: Catherine Asaro Reading Concert in Grand 3
4pm: MONSTARRS OF NERDCORE in Grand 3 (double block)
8pm: Hello The Future in Evergreen 1 & 2
9pm: Leannan Sidhe in Evergreen 1 & 2
10pm: Starlight in Evergreen 1 & 2

The Continuing Impact of Robert Heinlein Saturday 2:00pm-3:00pm Cascade 8
Robert A. Heinlein is inarguably one of the most influential and popular SF writers ever. What made his work so influential? And what makes much of it remain so popular?
David Nasset, Sr., Dana Andrews, Jen K, William F. Nolan

Music tech crew Concerts Saturday 5pm-1am
I am blocking off 5pm-1am due to setup/teardown etc. Concerts start at 7pm.
7pm: Stephen R. Savitzky in Evergreen
8pm: HeyLasFas in Evergreen 1 & 2
9pm: Alexander James Adams in Evergreen 1 & 2
10pm: Molly Lewis with special guests Vixy & Tony in Evergreen 1 & 2

Intro to Health At Every Size Sunday 1:00pm-2:00pm Cascade 2
HAES is not about diets or losing weight - it's about exercising and eating well with the goal of health, not size. It's about learning: How to work out without hurting yourself, what foods your body wants and needs to keep you going, how to avoid sacrificing your mental health for an arbitrary definition of fitness, and how to be comfortable in your skin instead of living by a number on a scale. Come share your stories and discover how this health movement is the opposite of giving up.
Jen K, Jeliza Patterson-McGuire, Maida 'Mac' Cain, Mickey Schulz

Women's Work Sunday 3:00pm-4:00pm Cascade 3&4
This term is loaded with social and economic stigma, encompassing just about anything - from child care to embroidery - that is done for the benefit of society or culture but which has little commercial value. And yet, many of the occupations that have historically been designated "women's work" are today popular fandom hobbies, practiced by both men and women: sewing, costuming, knitting, needlework, and non-profit writing, art, and music. While some entrepreneurs do make money from geeky pursuits, many more do it for the love of the game - despite being scolded for their failure to use their talents in a commercially viable way. This panel will discuss the historical precedent for the low value of "women's work," how it affects men and women in contemporary fandom, and how fan writers and artists feel about commercial intrusion into fan culture.
Jen K, SunnyJim Morgan, Berlynn Wohl, Mickey Schulz

...and sometime Sunday sound gear will get moved from the Evergreen level to skydancer's van. Again, let me know if you want to help. Have I mentioned I'm taking Monday off work? I'm taking Monday off work. :D


Damn, you are very busy this year.
And yet it feels less crazy than Conflikt. :)
I am really looking forward to sharing some panels with you this year. :)